In the Forest; Monochrome Madness

in the forest; copyright jmeyersforeman

in the forest; copyright jmeyersforeman

Another image from cottage country; while there I spent a little time walking around the cottage, thick dense forest. with lovely mushrooms growing out of the old stumps, wishing I had my macro lens with me. Accepting my limitations, and learning to work with the equipment I have, not always wishing for something else, I watched the sun’s rays stream down lighting small areas of the forest floor, and the leaves that were waving in the small breeze. I needed to have a shallow depth of field to separate the leaves from the busy background. I had to move around this little branch to find the right composition, I thought it made sense to have the branch flow from the bottom left to the top right where the sun flare magically lights the top leaves.  Occasionally when I am out with my camera I think more intentionally of the compositional rules, but most times, I work my way round the scene with and idea in mind until I find something that works, and many times I cannot even tell you why it work, until I get home and start review and process images.

A forest scene like this can be busy, all the different textures, and shades of green in the background, and I found that it was a perfect candidate for a monochrome images. Removing colour simplifies the image to shapes, flow and light. Once completed I decided to submit it to Leanne Cole’s monochrome madness weekly post that features many, many photographers and their best, their favourite monochrome image for the week. Through this block I have, at least online, met several photographers whose work I admire, studied different approaches to monochrome images, and photography in general, and spent several hours just enjoying the creative photography submitted.  I highly recommend you take a trip to Leanne Cole’s blog.

Aspen’s in Motion

aspens in motion; copyright jmeyersforeman

aspens in motion; copyright jmeyersforeman  

we are on our way to the cottage for a couple of days at the lake, the weather looks promising; lots of sunshine head. no phone, no internet, just time to sit beside the lake and read. It has been a couple of years, maybe even 10 since our last visit!

I can only photography the trees so many times before I start to experiment with intentional camera motion, as I have done with this image that was actually taken in a park in London England last week.

I am also looking forward setting up the tripod and spending a little time working with the neutral density filter on some long exposures of the lake and the sky.

What are you working on this week?

Watching the waves roll in……….

watching the waves roll in

watching the waves roll in

It is Sunday, and while it rained earlier today, the sun is now shining, and we are off for a walk along the beach and maybe sit and watch the waves roll in. There is something very relaxing about sitting in the sunshine and just watching the waves roll in.

We hope your Sundays in lovely, and the sun is shining.

Long Beach California; shades of blue

Hazy Morning, Long Beach California

Hazy Morning, Long Beach California

Sunday Morning we were in Long Beach California, picking family up from the cruise terminal, we sat and watched the many people disembarking from the ship, there were many! It seemed they streamed off the ship forever.

Sitting and waiting, it was the first time in quite a while that I have had time to look around and just image what I might photograph.  I had recently purchased a new multi-stop neutral density filter, and wanted to spend a little time discovering the possibilities. The coastline was hazy, and there was hardly a line between the sky and the ocean. The ocean is in constant motion, so I thought I would use the filter to allow for a long exposure, softening the waves and eliminating any distraction on the surface of the water, or birds that might be flying by. Giving a photo of soft blue in just about as many tones of can be imagined.


shooting star christmas tree


It is that time of the year again, the Holiday Season means holiday light displays. In Calgary it has been too cold to go out and see them. Last week Zoolights was cancelled because of the cold. I think the weather is going to improve so we can get out there and enjoy the different light displays around the city.

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   shooting star/ christmas tree

Planning and decorating for the holidays have been on my mind this weekend, rather than actually doing anything to get ready for Christmas I decided to procrastinate and go through some previously taken holiday photos.  This photo of a large outdoor Christmas tree actually looked more like a shooting star, especially when photographed close up and from an angle. It is one of my favorite holiday pictures.  Are you getting ready for the holidays, or are you, like me, still in the planning stage?



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Forest and Trees; motion and long exposure

seeing the trees amoung the forest

seeing the trees amoung the forest 

Trees are poems that earth writes upon the sky,
We fell them down and turn them into paper,
That we may record our emptiness.
~Kahlil Gibran

I have been spending a lot of time doing both family and business portraits over the last year, and enjoyed every minute. Luckily I have also had time to spend getting out of the studio/home and thinking about landscapes. I love the trees as they blow in the wind, the tall pine trees had been covered by the wet snow, long white streaks against a dark background.

I have been exploring and experimenting with long exposures, motion and blur, and love the feeling of the image, white streaks representative of the growth, reaching for the sky, enhanced by the snow stuck to the side of the tree.  Freeman Patterson has always been one of my favourite photographers, and this photo is reminiscent (at least for me) of his work.


driving home from Saskatchewan

Big blue sky and puffy white clouds

Big blue sky and puffy white clouds 

We had a wonderful weekend visiting family and friends in Saskatchewan over the Labour Day weekend. The drive home was perfect, meaning uneventful! I watched the clouds and hills roll and enjoyed the peaceful view.  There is something very calming about watching the puffy white clouds roll by. The long ride provides an opportunity to read, relax, and possibly daydream….




Beauty and the Butterfly

beautiy and the butterfly

beauty and the butterfly 

Working in Photoshop with layers and textures has always been fascinating to me. Starting with a simple portrait and layering graphics, textures and words creates a one of a kind portrait; an art piece for people. I am looking for people in the Calgary area who are interesting in collaborating on this very personal project.

Learning from people like Kate Klassen who has textures and tutorials, and who creates lovely vignettes of everyday life